Confronting White Privilege Blindspots: A Discussion of "Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race"

Rabbi Maderer will lead a discussion about Confronting White Privilege Blindspots: A Discussion of "Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race" a book by Debby Irving

Join us for a small-group discussion about Debby Irving’s book, “Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.”  Debby Irving calls the Jewish community a vital partner in values-driven anti-racism work, for she has said: “For centuries, Jewish people have been marginalized, ‘other-ized,’ persecuted, …and now are highly attuned to injustice.”  Together we will seek to become more profoundly attuned, to begin to interrupt our bias, and to see the assumptions we have ingested.  (Although our congregation includes all races and backgrounds and we cherish the diversity, the majority of us are white).  With greater understanding, we hope to come to see ourselves in the other, and to recommit to the notion that all people are created b’tzelem elohim, in the image of God.

From Rabbi Maderer's Yom Kippur sermon:

"...Bias does not require malicious intent, it is not an accusation of moral failing. Emily Badger writes: “Understanding bias allows us to confront racial disparities without focusing on the character of individual people.”  It is an acknowledgment:  how could I live in this society and not ingest some of the racial inequality that surrounds me? As a 21st century sensitive modern Jewish woman, who would never consciously discriminate, I have a concealed shortcoming.  In order to bring more justice into my world tomorrow, I need to take a hard look at the blindspots around difference, that live within me, today...

...We have real differences in background and experience; denying those differences does not make me colorblind; it just makes me, blind. In a society where, in school, the honors-track was so often the white—track; where the outcomes of mortgage-Redlined neighborhoods left me in neighborhood isolation from others…  How could I possibly be free of bias?...."

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